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Best Gaming Rig on a $1,200 Budget

cbmons4
  • 54 months ago

Hello All,

I need help putting together the best gaming computer on a $1,200 budget meeting the following criteria:

1) Used primarily for gaming (for now, I will only be playing WoW and CS:GO on max settings at 1080p, but I would like the opportunity for future upgrades such as SLI/Crossfire capability, overclocking, and 4K gaming)

2) No OS/peripherals needed, but please add a decent/good 1080p monitor for consideration (NOT PART OF $1,200 BUDGET)

3) Will not be streaming, so probably an i5-6600K will do for now (may stream in the near future when I decide to upgrade to 4K gaming)

EXTRA: There is a Micro Center less than 10 miles away from where I live, and a Newegg center a little over 20 miles away from where I live.

Thank you in advance!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard and PSU capable of crossfire support. But for now, it'll max nearly anything at 1080p with 60fps.

I'll leave monitor recommendation to someone with more personal experience than me

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $254.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $114.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $309.99 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1193.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-02 22:21 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe he would be interested in this monitor?: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-29um67

Ultra wide, IPS, 1080p, overclockable to 75z and best of all it supports free sync

  • 54 months ago
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That's a really interesting monitor. For that price, I'd just as soon look at a 144Hz or 1440p monitor, but Freesync does have its benefits.

  • 54 months ago
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To be fair, it IS pretty big. Kind of justifies the price.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Truuuuu

And LG does make good displays.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

At 1200 I think you can cram in a 980ti, let me see...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H170 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $46.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $608.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1234.92
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $1179.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-02 22:25 EST-0500

well there's this thing I guess. Although you can't sli with this setup. Had to cut some corners to get the ti in there under 1200. You could go for a z170 mobo and a somewhat beefier psu though, for added expansion headroom. Or you could downgrade the gpu, although if you're planning on trying out 4k anytime soon I'd recommend sticking with the ti or a fury x.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing as the fury X is around the same price as the 980ti, I don't see a whole lot of reason to go with a Fury X.

An interesting list, overall, though. It's still tough to get good 4k performance with a single GPU.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey fellway,

What build do you recommend?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want 4k performance as soon as possible, this build is a decent balance of cpu/gpu while also allowing for SLI, both on the motherboard and in wattage on the PSU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $649.99 @ B&H
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $46.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.39 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1193.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-03 03:12 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Let's hope they don't want 4k right away, because it would be a good idea to get something more like your original build and upgrade the GPU later.

  • 54 months ago
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Yeah, but a big issue with 4k is that it takes more than a single 980ti to get decent performance.

  • 54 months ago
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Thanks, fellway. Is this overclockable? I don't mind spending a little more for overclocking capabilities. Although I'm still a noob, I'd like to learn how to overclock so if it means spending more I don't mind.

  • 54 months ago
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The 6500 is not overclockable. If you were to switch the 6500 to a 6600k you could overclock, but you'd also need an aftermarket cooler. Everything else should be OC ready.

  • 54 months ago
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Because you can't really get great 4k performance from any single gpu at this point, and dual Fury Xs will outperform dual 980tis.

  • 54 months ago
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sr4bbv

This should get you anywhere you need in modern gaming I believe... You can also overclock the CPU if you want

Also I noticed after I finished.... The monitor doesn't really break the budget a whole lot :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Wouldn't the skylake processors and a z170 mobo be better for gaming and future upgradability to 4K gaming? I'm working on my first build and I'm still fairly new so I'm learning along the way.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

In the future you can go for dual 980s and the CPU should be fine, mainly after you overclock it..... Also mind that my list COULD be slighty biased with the CPU at the same time :P

Anyways let me grab a different MB

EDIT: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97gaming5 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d16gar

Changed the RAM... the blue and red was bringing on the heart break!!!

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